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Concordance of the WHO, RTOG, and CTCAE v4.0 grading scales for the evaluation of oral mucositis associated with chemoradiation therapy for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers

Abstract: Background: The ability to consistently and accurately assess oral mucositis (OM) is critical to descriptions of its incidence and severity and in evaluating the effectiveness of potential interventions. The lack of a single grading scale compounds outcome interpretation. Consequently,...

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Leveraging GWAS data derived from a large cooperative group trial to assess the risk of taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy (TIPN) in patients being treated for breast cancer: Part 2-functional implications of a SNP cluster associated with TIPN risk in patients being treated for breast cancer.

Abstract: Introduction: Using GWAS data derived from a large collaborative trial (ECOG-5103), we identified a cluster of 267 SNPs which predicted CIPN in treatment-naive patients as reported in Part 1 of this study. To assess the functional and pathological implications...

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Application of big data analyses to compare the impact of oral and gastrointestinal mucositis on risks and outcomes of febrile neutropenia and septicemia among patients hospitalized for the treatment of leukemia or multiple myeloma

Abstract: Purpose: Oral ulcerative mucositis (UM) and gastrointestinal mucositis (GIM) have been associated with increased likelihood of systemic infection (bacteremia and sepsis) in patients being treated for hematological malignancies. To better define and contrast differences between UM and GIM, we...

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Identification of a SNP cluster associated with taxane-induced peripheral neuropathy risk in patients being treated for breast cancer using GWAS data derived from a large cooperative group trial

Abstract: Background: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common toxicity of taxanes for which there is no effective intervention. Genomic CIPN risk determination has yielded promising, but inconsistent results. The present study assessed the utility of a collective SNP cluster...

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PREVLAR: Phase 2a Randomized Trial to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of RRx-001 in the Attenuation of Oral Mucositis in Patients Receiving Head and Neck Chemoradiotherapy

Abstract: Purpose: No Food and Drug Administration-approved intervention exists for oral mucositis (OM) from chemoradiotherapy (CRT) used to treat head and neck cancers. RRx-001 is a hypoxia-activated, cysteine-directed molecule that affects key pathways involved in OM pathogenesis. This phase 2a,...

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